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  1. J

    Camino Portugues Aug/Sept 2020 // Corona - should I take tent?

    It is a great choice to start your walk in Lisbon. I did this walk in 2016 and loved it. There is so many beautiful cities to see before Porto and the people are so friendly. I do not know the current situation regarding accommodation. Not a lot of albergues but the bombeiros (fire brigade)...
  2. J

    I’ve been thinking

    John, during this lock-down I have so much enjoyed your virtual caminos 0n YouTube. Many thanks.
  3. J

    Virtual Camino You CAN walk a virtual Camino in Google Earth!

    John Sikora on YouTube has filmed the entire CF on a speeded-up process of 12x1. It takes about 10 minutes to watch each leg.
  4. J

    Stage After Casa da Fernanda

    1 stayed in Ponte de Lima which is a lovely city which you would not want to miss. An occasional short day is good if you have the time.
  5. J

    Reverse route

    Yes I carried my bag but only 5 kls. I always travel light.
  6. J

    Reverse route

    Last year I tried walking one legs of the Sanabres in reverse. I found it impossible to find the way-markers. I ended up walking down the highway for the entire route.
  7. J

    Refilling Prescriptions

    I needed some antibiotics when walking the CF. I bought some from a pharmacy without a prescription.
  8. J

    Albergues in Alpriate and Azambuja

    I was one of the 397 in 2016.
  9. J

    What do you do when you cannot walk anymore?

    Hey, I am 80 and I have no intention of stopping any time soon. I have walked the C to C ,the CF from SJPP, the Portuguese from Lisbon, the Primitivo and the Sanabres last September. I am already planning my next walk. The important thing is to walk within your limitations. I usually restrict...
  10. J

    Osprey Backpacks are awesome!

    My backpack is ALDI. Cost me $30 and it has been excellent. Two caminos so far and not showing any sign of wear.
  11. J

    Weather in June on the Camino Frances

    In 2015 the weather was perfect. Sometimes cold early morning but warm by 9am. One wet day for the entire walk.
  12. J

    Starting from Lisbon — good or bad idea?

    I walked from Lisbon in 2016. In my opinion there is so much of the real Portugal to be seen before Porto. I have walked from SJPP, the PrimItivo and the Sanabres. They all had their fair share of road walking. The cobblestone did not bother me. I would always advise anyone to commence their...
  13. J

    I Need starting advice from Porto

    If you want to experience the real Portugal walk from Lisbon. If you are more interested in pretty scenery walk from Porto.
  14. J

    Are pre-purchased onward flights out of Spain - are they mandatory?

    I am an Australian and I have walked four Caminos. From SJPP and Portugal there was no passport control. Twice I flew into Madrid and my passport was stamped without a question. Unless you want to extend your stay for more than three months i cannot see you having any problem.
  15. J

    Caminho with my dog

    The stamp in my credential from 2015 is a bit unclear but the name commences with "Auberge...." It was on the opposite side of the road from the Camino office but a little down the hill.
  16. J

    Caminho with my dog

    Yes, the dog slept on the bunk with his owner.
  17. J

    Caminho with my dog

    The man in the next bed to me in the Albergue in SJPP had a dog. Three days later I met up with him in Pamplona. The dog was leaving paw prints in blood on the footpath. I thought it was very cruel of him to take his dog on such a long trek.
  18. J

    Salamanca to Santiago, please comment

    You can buy food at the supermarket in Ponte Ulla which is about 7kms before Outeiro.
  19. J

    Salamanca to Santiago, please comment

    I have just returned from walking these exact same legs but from Granje de Moreruela. I am almost 80 and did not find the paths too difficult. Between Granje de Moreruela and Tabara there is an alternative route once you cross the river. The river path is very tough for the first few hundred...
  20. J

    Shortage of beds in August

    For those who are looking for a bed in Grado why not walk the additional few klms to Cabrunana. We stayed there in August last year and we had the entire albergue to ourselves.

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